Recommended: Best in Dough on Hulu
What's Best in Dough About?
Pizza-obsessed competitors from all walks of life showcase their cooking skills and battle for a $10,000 prize in what Hulu is calling TV's "first-ever pizza competition."
Why (and to whom) do we recommend it?
The humble pizza pie is having a renaissance on television. Less than two weeks after Netflix's hit series Chef's Table debuted a pizza-focused season, Hulu joins the party with Best in Dough, a competition series that's just as cheesy as its title (pun intended).
As cooking face-offs go, Best in Dough is fairly straightforward. Each episode begins with an "Out of the Box" challenge, which focuses on unusual dishes, followed by a "Final Dough Down," which determines the winner. The format stays interesting because challenges are designed to unsettle each episode's particular group of contestants. The Italian nonnas, for instance, are forced to recereate social media cooking trends that they've never heard of, while the visually driven Instagram influencers are told to make monochromatic pies.
Emphasizing different kinds of contestants also ensures that every episode feels distinct, and credit to the casting department, which has found players who seem like regular people. Their lack of media savvy can be incredibly entertaining, like when one nonna initially refuses to participate in a challenge, then insists on feeding every cameraperson once her dish is complete.
Though it's a clear case of Disney synergy, recruiting Wells Adams is an inspired move on Hulu's part, as his puppy dog enthusiasm easily matches the show's tone. No one on Best in Dough takes themselves too seriously, least of all Adams, but he pulls his weight by explaining the rules of the competition, liaising with the jury (a six-person panel receives a weighted vote in the final challenge), and offering color commentary from the judges' table. Adams proved his worth on Bachelor in Paradise long ago, but it's nice to see him step out from behind the bar and take command of a new venture.
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